Loyal volunteer is fondly recalled
THE life and times of a Lynn woman who became a familiar face to Lynn Festival goers and congregations at St Margaret’s Church has been celebrated at a Requiem Mass.
About 90 family and friends of Iris Meikle, who died on December 30, aged 89, gathered at the Lynn church for the special service, conducted by the vicar, Canon Chris Ivory, on January 16.
Mrs Meikle, a former town magistrate and volunteer for Save the Children in Lynn, received the Borough Mayor’s civic award for voluntary service in 2007 after being nominated for her involvement with the annual Lynn Festival for more than 36 years.
Among her early volunteer duties, she helped to run the festival’s external box offices at venues like St Nicholas Chapel and the then Norfolk College of Arts and Technology, now the College of West Anglia, with her close friend Dorothy Davison.
She also helped with providing refreshments for festival artists during rehearsal and performance intervals.
As well as her work for the festival, she was a member of St Margaret’s Church choir for more than 40 years and a regular volunteer for the church café. She had also been a Sunday school teacher in the parish for several years.
Born in Purfleet Street, Lynn, Mrs Meikle and her husband, Danni, lived in Sidney Street for many years, but after his death in 2003 she moved to the Burkitt Homes almshouses in Queen Street.
Canon Ivory said she enjoyed meeting and chatting to people at the church. “Iris would always be singing. She enjoyed baking and sang as she made her delicious cakes and scones,” he said.
Her many qualities included loyalty, kindness and compassion, he said.
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